Thursday 16th September 2021.
September 16, 2021
The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Wednesday, September 15, that in the last 24 hours 7 people died from Covid-19 . With these new deaths, the cumulative total of deaths amounts to 7,159. The epidemiological report highlights that in the last hours 316 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported, after the application of 8,191 tests (3.85%). As of Tuesday, September 14, the percentage of new cases was 4.2%. Panama has 463,086 cases, of which 451,466 patients have recovered. Active cases total 4,461. In home isolation, 4,168 are reported, of which 4,008 are at home and 160 in hotels. The hospitalized number 293 and of them 215 are in the wards and 78 in intensive care units. As part of the actions to expand vaccination coverage against Covid-19, this
Wednesday a new vaccination center was set up in the district of San Miguelito. This immunization center is located in Los Andes Mall and the Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed that it is intended for the application of first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, starting at 12 years of age. Also for placement of AstraZeneca doses, aimed at those over 30 years of age. The vaccination post has a schedule from Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The European Union (EU) approved the Panamanian digital vaccination certificate, which is issued by the Government Innovation Authority, to the people who completed their immunization scheme against Covid-19. This was reported this Wednesday, September 15, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which detailed that the EU carried out a review process of the characteristics of the Panamanian code to grant its authorization. The certificate may be used in the 27 member states of the European Union. Likewise, Panama will proceed with the recognition of the vaccination certificate issued by the EU, the statement said.
The Electoral General Prosecutor’s Office sent a note to the National Assembly this Wednesday, to request its inclusion in the technical table that will review the electoral reform package. “Excluding us will be an attempt against the institutional framework of electoral justice and ignore the constitutional functions of the Tribunal Electoral and the Electoral Attorney General’s Office as coadjutant,” said the prosecutor Dilio Arcia. For his part, the president of the Assembly, Crispiano Adames, affirmed that it seems “important to include” the prosecution in the technical table. “We have no problem including them, so we can have a more enriching debate,” he said.
The Credentials Committee of the National Assembly advanced this Wednesday, September 15, with the discussion in the first debate of the bill that reforms the Internal Regulations of that State body. According to independent deputy Juan Diego Vásquez , “very positive” changes were included in the project. For example, a numeral was introduced within the article on the duties of the deputy that establishes that they must declare the economic activities in which they participated.
On the afternoon of this Wednesday, September 15, President Laurentino Cortizo sanctioned Bill No. 548, which extends the scope of the maternity jurisdiction to the father and grants early vacations in the event of the mother’s death. Cortizo also sanctioned bill No. 185, which increases the fine for recidivism in hiring foreign workers without the corresponding authorization and creates the coercive jurisdiction of the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel). The law that will extend the maternity jurisdiction to the father establishes that when the pregnant woman does not have a formal job, the father will enjoy the scope of the jurisdiction.
The Public Ministry reported on the afternoon of this Wednesday, September 15, that the Homicide and Femicide Section of the Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office began an investigation into the murder of two people in the Calidonia district. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, in the area indications are collected after the shooting that occurred at approximately 2 pm in Plaza 5 de Mayo, near the National Assembly.
Officials of the National Police and the Public Ministry (MP) captured Manuel Domínguez Walker , alias “El Gallero” , who was subject to an arrest warrant for his alleged link to a group dedicated to drug trafficking. Domínguez Walker, one of the most wanted by the authorities, was arrested on Tuesday, September 14, in Altos de Panamá , Condado del Rey.
Liberty Latin America Ltd announced Wednesday morning, that its subsidiary Cable & Wireless Panamá, SA agreed to acquire América Móvil SAB de CV in Panama ( Claro Panamá ). The acquisition of Claro Panama’s operations is valued at 200 million dollars and was approved at a Cable & Wireless board meeting this Tuesday, September 14. It must still be authorized by the Authority for Consumer Protection and Competition Defense